The Noir Western: Darkness on the Range, 1943-1962

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McFarland, 9 lut 2015 - 224
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Beginning in the mid-1940s, the bleak, brooding mood of film noir began seeping into that most optimistic of film genres, the western. Story lines took on a darker tone and western films adopted classic noir elements of moral ambiguity, complex anti-heroes and explicit violence. The noir western helped set the standard for the darker science fiction, action and superhero films of today, as well as for acclaimed TV series such as HBO's Deadwood and AMC's Breaking Bad. This book covers the stylistic shift in westerns in mid-20th century Hollywood, offering close readings of the first noir westerns, along with revealing portraits of the eccentric and talented directors who brought the films to life.
 

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Recenzja użytkownika  - jburlinson - LibraryThing

Duelling genres -- noir vs. western. Actually, what Meuel calls "noir Western" is what used to be called the "adult Western"., In the words of Martin Nussbaum: "a new art form delineating our ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję

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Recenzja użytkownika  - NickKnight - LibraryThing

I don't really like the western genre. There are a few here and there that i have seen over the years, but as whole I am not a fan. That being said, I loved reading this book. There is an introduction ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję

Spis treści

Preface
1
The Dark Cowboy Rides into Town
5
Conscience and Cruelty Collide in William Wellmans The OxBow Incident Yellow Sky and Track of the Cat
21
Escape and the Futility of It in Raoul Walshs Pursued and Colorado Territory
38
Staying Human in the Harsh Worlds of André de Toths Ramrod and Day of the Outlaw
55
Painting the Western Black in Robert Wises Blood on the Moon
70
Sam Fuller Upends Genre Conventions in I Shot Jesse James and Forty Guns
81
Gregory Pecks Noirish Heroes in Henry Kings The Gunfighter and The Bravados
97
The Complex Shaded Characters in Delmer Daves 310 to Yuma and The Hanging Tree
150
Horror and Absurdity Ride Together in Budd Boettichers The Tall T and Ride Lonesome
168
Noir Is Busting Out All Over in John Fords The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance ...
185
Ride On Dark Cowboy
197
Fifty Additional Noirish Postwar Westerns Worth Seeing
199
Chapter Notes
205
Bibliography
209
Index
211

The Tortured Grimly Determined Heroes of Anthony Manns Devils Doorway The Naked Spur and Man of the West
115
Evil Poses as the Law in Allan Dwans Silver Lode
140

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A lifelong student of films, David Meuel has also published more than 100 poems, numerous short stories, and hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from theater to U.S. national parks, to writing and speaking for business. He lives in Menlo Park, California.

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